Royals' Ned Yost could have died in fall from tree

November 14, 2017 - 7:25 am

After downplaying his injuries suffered in a fall from a deer tree stand on his property in rural Georgia, Royals manager Ned Yost says he almost died from the accident. 

Yost, 62, broke four ribs and crushed his pelvis in the 20-foot fall about 60 miles from Atlanta. Yost said he was lucky to have a cell phone in his pocket and a strong enough signal to call 911. 

Paramedics airlifted Yost to a hospital where doctors performed emergency surgery.

The Royals manager spoke to reporters Monday from his home, where he is recovering. 

"These types of injuries result in death 25 to 30 percent of the time," said Yost, who was quoting a medic who told him he was lucky to be alive. "Your fracture was so significant, you were losing blood to the point we couldn't stop it."

Yost said the medic told him he crashed and almost died. Doctors had to transfuse seven to eight units of blood before surgery. 

What Ned Yost had to say about his recent accident was pretty startling.

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Meanwhile, a Missouri woman was not as lucky. Phelps County authorites say 45-year-old Mary Eaton, of Herculaneum died from a fall from a tree stand. 

OzarksFirst reports Eaton was found dead Sunday evening on U.S. Forest Service land.

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